Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs have continued to pile pressure on the Government over the claimed "short-changing" of rural communities.
The Rural Fair Share campaign, being led by ministers from the shires, has argued urban councils receive 50 per cent more funding per head than rural authorities.
But their push for a semblance of parity only resulted in councils classed as being in sparse areas this year sharing a one-off £9.5 million grant – with one MP last night claiming one authority will get as little as £650.
Some remain angry at the rebuttal, with the prospect of the most disillusioned voting against the Government's Finance Bill, which would represent a significant rebellion.
Speaking during a House of Commons debate on rural communities, Neil Parish, Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, raised concerns over off-grid energy supply in rural areas, where there is often not enough competition between oil companies to drive down heating oil prices.
"Many constituents of ours will probably never get on to mains gas, but heating oil is an alternative," he said. "We have to get more competition and get the prices down for people in rural areas who use oil for their heating."
Ex-rural affairs minister David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, warned that without 100 per cent accessibility for high-speed broadband "we will do an immense disservice to people in very rural areas".
The MP said homes and businesses expected to miss out should be given funding available to ensure such accessibility, adding: "We want not a bidding system or matched funding, which is not available in rural areas, but the Government to finish the job."
Margaret Thatcher's former private secretary, Sir Edward Leigh, MP for Gainsborough, criticised the so-called chattering classes for depicting rural life as idyllic.
He said: "I think there's altogether too rosy a picture of rural life, particularly in metropolitan circles. Some who write our national newspapers seem to think we all live in Cotswold villages, in lovely stone houses inhabited by media moguls having country lunches, or retired admirals."
Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, said: "The reality is that we have higher-than-average council tax, lower-than-average earnings and less money spent per head in the rural areas than in the urban areas."
Rural affairs minister Dan Rogerson said: "We need to change the approach towards assessing the longer-term funding needs of rural local authorities."